Tuesday, 1 September 2015

August Month in a Minute

August has been busy. Far busier than we imagined. We started off the month down in Wales with my mum, and my footage starts at the Brecon Show. Initially we barely had any bookings in the B&B for August but we ended up with very few nights off as everyone seemed to leave it until the last minute! AirBnB has brought in a huge number of bookings and we are really enjoying meeting the people we get through the site.

We're off camping this week before the children are at school next week. I am looking forward to planning my working day properly once both children are at school. I really hope I manage to get more done!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last month, it was great fun seeing your videos.

Here is my video for August


Monday, 31 August 2015

One year on.

A year ago today my grandma died.

The year has absolutely flown by. Whenever I used to hear people say that they missed someone every day, I didn't understand how they could miss someone but get on with their lives. 

I get it now.

I miss her so much. Not a day goes by when I do not think of her.

Initially I was upset and angry. I would burst into tears when I listened to music. Latterly I have been less angry and more accepting.

Strangely I have learnt more about her over the past year. I am doing her job and living in her house surrounded by her things. I now moan about the same things she complained about. Possibly I should have listened to her more and helped to find solutions.

I have a greater idea of the sheer amount of work that she did in a day. Running a bed and breakfast and managing a huge garden, along with cooking dinner and getting time to read books. She simply was amazing. I cannot manage half of the things she did.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

30.08.15 Silent Sunday


Friday, 28 August 2015

Your YouTube #37

This is my last week hosting Your YouTube for the lovely Lisa from HollyBobbs (I think)! I have really enjoyed it and can't believe how fast the summer holidays have flown by. I have loved watching all your videos and am really looking forward to seeing what you link up this week. I have used a video from a couple of weeks ago as I haven't had time to upload this week as we have been away visiting family.

The video I have chosen is from A moment with Franca who went on a family visit to The Shard. It's not somewhere I would previously have considered visiting with my children, but I shall bear it in mind for the next time we're down in London.


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Comfort Intense Review #comfortintense

Running a Bed and Breakfast means we do an awful lot of washing. In fact, it was the first thing that I realised I would not be able to do all by myself. We now send out all the sheets and duvet covers, but was all the pillowcases and towels ourselves. I want our laundry to smell nice for our guests, so that when they snuggle down under the covers they are enveloped in nice smells! So when Comfort asked if I would like to try their new Comfort Intense range, I jumped at the chance.

Comfort Intense Review

Monday, 24 August 2015

Brantano shoe fitting - back to school shoes

My son goes through school shoes incredibly quickly. In his first year at school he got through three pairs, and two pairs in his second year. I am hoping that this year he will cut it down to just one! We usually go to our local town for him to be fitted, either to an independent shop, or to Clarks. However, we were invited by Brantano to try out their expert shoe fitting service ahead of the children starting back at school in September. I knew I would need to get some shoes for both children, and although I hadn't considered Brantano, I was interested to see how it differed to other places we have been.

Brantano Keighley

Sunday, 23 August 2015

23.08.15 Silent Sunday


Friday, 21 August 2015

Your YouTube #36

This week I published my first ever weekly vlog. Serious kudos to those of you who weekly vlog regularly. I really enjoyed doing it, but it took a lot of time and effort. I've had good feedback though, so I will try and do one a month in the future.

The video I have chosen for this week is from My Sidekick and Me who was heckled for getting fit, which really is appalling and shouldn't be happening.

I am seriously impressed with her attitude. So many people wouldn't have that inner strength. Don't let the bullies win!

As with every week, please link up in the usual way below. Make sure that you do not link up more than two videos and watch at least the host video and the one previous to your own. Please like and comment on the videos you watch, I will watch, comment and share everyone's each week. 


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Puffin Summer Audiobook Club

When I was younger we used to travel to Devon every year with my mum on holiday. It was a long journey from Oxford, but I have a strong memory of listening to audiobooks in the car. It was great fun and on those long journeys we easily got through an entire book, sometimes two.

My children are spoilt. They get to watch a DVD player or the iPad in the back of the car. I quite like it when they both have their own device and headphones because it means I can put the radio on and relax. When we visit family we travel over 200 miles, no matter who we are seeing.

Recently my children have started really fighting in the car. The other day we had to turn around and come home on our way to the cinema as they were behaving so poorly. So when I heard that Mumsnet have teamed up with Puffin audiobooks, I jumped at the chance to review one, thinking it would be a wonderful opportunity to see if my children could behave in the car!


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Starting school with F&F uniform

This September my daughter starts school. It feels right and wrong all at the same time. She is absolutely ready to start school. She's desperate to learn. She sits with books poring over them, taking in every word but not being able to read them. It won't take her long at all. She also loves to write, forming letters and numbers with ease. One thing she is absolutely adamant about is that she won't be wearing a dress or a skirt to school. She just wants boy trousers, boy tops and boy shorts. Do you sense a theme? With six other girls in her class and only one boy, I get why she might want to try and balance things out! However, after my son spending two years in just shorts and trousers, I would love to see her wear a skirt or a dress. I had the amazing opportunity to choose her some clothes from F&F on their website and I ended up going against her wishes and choosing some more feminine items!

F&F school uniform
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